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Mar 4, 2014 04:56 PM

Wine tastes

One thing I encountered in every Boston restaurant, was that if I ordered a glass of wine, the server would show up with a bottle and pour me a taste. Very civilized, and a practice I hope will take hold nation-wide.

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    1. I get this fairly frequently but then we're in or near CA a lot which is probably the difference.

      1. Have you ever seen that hilarious Candid Camera episode where the guy orders bottle after bottle of nice wine, takes a sip then spits it out and sends the bottle back?

        There were a couple places that let him go through 3 or 4 bottles that way.

        1. I have never been to a restaurant that did not do so, even when I brought the bottle. After all, there is always a chance that the bottle is corked, even if it came from my cellar.

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          1. re: dinwiddie

            Hmmm . . . I'd have to say this *rarely* happens in my experience. Typically, the glass of wine itself is merely brought to the table -- rather than the server bringing an empty glass and an opened bottle, and pouring it in front of me. It *does* happen, certainly, but it's a only fraction of the time, and then, only -- in my experience -- at high(er) end restaurants.

            Then again, as more restaurants transfer to wines on tap, it's rather difficult to bring the keg to the table! ;^)

            1. re: dinwiddie

              This is about wine by the glass, not bottles.

              It's pretty standard at wine bars around here, not at restaurants.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Agreed . . . though I suppose it depends upon what you define as a wine bar.

                1. re: zin1953

                  I should have read it more carefully. However, most places around here that have good by the glass programs do this. On the other hand, I seldom buy wine by the glass.

              2. re: dinwiddie

                I had to read your and other posts a couple of times to figure out what was going on here. In the wine shop/wine bar where I work, we will occasionally get a customer who is upset because there is no sampling of the majority of the wines we sell by the bottle. Of about 125 wines we sell, there is tasting available on around 10-12 at any given time BECAUSE WE HAVE A BOTTLE OPEN. I think people think we're a winery and expect sampling of everything we sell. Not going to happen. We do, of course, offer a small taste of open BTG selections.